Aaron Hicks comments on strong start to 2022



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Aaron Hicks comments on strong start to 2022

New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks missed the majority of the 2021 season due to a wrist surgery but he has gotten off to a good start to the 2022 season. After missing out on the majority of the 2021 MLB season, Hicks decided to go to the Dominican Republic and play for Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

“Getting back into playing, competing, seeing pitches,” Hicks said of his reasons for participating, per The Post. “Ultimately, the most important thing for me was seeing pitches and being able to adjust to velocity again”.

Hicks' positive start to the new season is encouraging news to the Yankees, who are hoping to reach their first World Series since 2009. “I’m just trying to go out there and play right now,” Hicks said.

“Just play. Enjoy the moment, enjoy what I’m doing and take it day by day. I’m not really trying to think too much about that. Me going and playing in the DR definitely helped that a lot”.

Manager Aaron Boone on Hicks

“I feel like he’s still finding his way, but that’s the good thing about it — he’s getting on base, he’s getting his hits,” Yankees manager Boone said.

“It’s nice to see Aaron, with a lost season last year for him, I know he’s really worked hard in the winter, going to play winter ball, but physically getting himself ready. He played a lot in spring training.

He was taking a lot of at-bats, even on the days he wasn’t playing so he’d be ready to go. He’s come in and really contributed”. The Yankees are hoping Hicks' strong start is not a fluke and that he will continue to play well throughout the year.

“To have a guy that can not only be a contributor but have an impact, as a switch hitter offensively playing that position, is huge,” Boone said. “We’ve seen Aaron put together long stretches of being a really consistent guy that gets on base. He’s off to a good start in that way and just want to make sure he continues it”.